Florence and Pisa are separated by an hour long train journey, so after a few days appreciating the breath-taking art in Florence (last week's post), we decided to take a short trip to Pisa to look at some incredible architecture. The yummy gelato, particularly Tiramisu and Pistachio-flavoured, was a definite draw too.
Friday, 26 June 2015
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
With my thoughts happily floating through my lovely memories of Tuscany, I decided to carry on with the Italian theme this week and made a Tiramisu, using a family recipe I received from a lab mate I met while studying for my PhD. I've spent this week thinking rather a lot of my own lab experiences (following the Tim Hunt furore) and realised that in my own experience, labs were quite social places. Yes, there was the odd lab relationship, but workplace romances happen in other places too, not just in science!
Friday, 19 June 2015
This week I came across a bag from a nearly forgotten trip from our life before kids. It's a cloth bag from the beautiful indoor food market (Mercato Centrale) in Florence and since the bag is quite fragile it had hardly been used. I've used it today, while running errands in town, and it brought back so many lovely memories of our trip to Florence, when I was heavily pregnant with our first-born. Before having kids we were adamant, naively so, that our lives wouldn't change too much post-pregnancy and within months we'd be hauling baby up mountains and the like. I guess we figured that a little baby was very portable, but a small part of us must have realised that this was rubbish and so we booked a week-long trip to Tuscany to indulge in an arty final hurrah.
Wednesday, 17 June 2015
I try to have at least two vege only days per week, and usually opt for a risotto for dinner as they're so easy to make and also pretty filling. While asparagus is still in season I decided to make a Garlicky Asparagus and Pea Risotto. The asparagus is roasted with sliced garlic and dressed with lemon, which is a delicious way to serve it, not only in a risotto.
Garlicky Asparagus and Pea Risotto
Friday, 12 June 2015
We're currently enjoying superb weather in Scotland and I've been spending a lot of time enjoying our little garden. The garden is really a work in progress and even though we've been gardening for a few years now, we still know so little. Our aim is to have splashes of colour throughout the year, but for the past few years, June has been the month when the garden comes alive and butterflies, bees and birds pay a visit.
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
The weather has been lovely over the past few days, which roughly translates into Gin & Tonic weather for me. However, during this self-imposed dry month, I've been experimenting with various mocktails, which has made me realise that if all my soft drinks tasted as good as my Virgin Mary, I probably wouldn't drink any alcohol at all!
Friday, 5 June 2015
Goodness me, May has been a very busy month! As the school year draws to a close (term ends at the end of June here in Scotland), the kids have had so much going on and I've been ferrying them here, there and everywhere and trying not to run around like a headless chicken the rest of the time. My tried and tested ways of keeping things organised are working though, so there is that and despite being busy, I've still managed to carve out a bit of me-time everyday through meditation and yoga.
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
I love, love, love the smell of freshly brewed coffee but unfortunately coffee and caffeine really do not agree with me. I generally allow myself one cup of builder's tea in the morning and then enjoy some herbal tea throughout the day to keep myself hydrated.